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Public sector workers 'must have fluent English'
BBC News
United Kingdom: People who do not speak fluent English will be barred from public sector jobs which involve working directly with the public, the government has said. From September, NHS staff and council workers will be among those required to have language skills equivalent to GCSE grade C or above. Managers will have to test employees can "communicate effectively with the public." Cabinet minister Matt Hancock said it was to help control immigration. The new rules, which will form part of the government's immigration bill, will mean every public sector worker in a "customer-facing" role will have to be able to speak at least school-leaver levels of English.
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The first thing schools often get wrong for English language learners is their names
Chalkbeat Indiana
Easter Day, a North Central High School sophomore, was named after the religious holiday. But when she first arrived from a Thailand refugee camp about 10 years ago, the Burmese student's name was mistakenly recorded as "Ea Star Di" — a mistake that has stuck with her all throughout her school career. Day said the mistake essentially has made Ea Star Di her official American name. It's a surprisingly common error and an example of the confusion and chaos that most English language learners experience during their transitions to living in United States.
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Quality of teacher hires improved during the recession, analysis finds
Education Week (commentary)
Stephen Sawchuk, a contributor for Education Week, writes: "Recessions are unquestionably tough on schools and on teachers — I'm thinking of the ridiculous pink-slip situation in California, for starters — but they might have a (thin) silver lining. Teachers hired during recession periods appeared to be somewhat more effective boosting students' math scores than those teachers hired in more secure times, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Why? Because during recessions, districts got an influx of better-quality applicants for jobs."
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 TESOL Association News

TESOL 2016 Convention keynote speakers announced
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TESOL Employment Issues survey
The Employment Issues Committee is collecting information on employment issues affecting TESOL educators worldwide so that they can make recommendations to the Board of Directors on how such issues can be addressed in the association’s new organizational structure. Information is being collected through 15 August 2015. Thanks for taking this quick survey.
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Pictures from TESOL's Symposium in Vietnam are now up on Facebook

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TESOL Awards & Grants: Now accepting applications
TESOL is now accepting applications for several different awards and grants. Awards for excellence and service, a teaching materials grant, and funding for TESOL 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland are available. Applications must be received by 1 November 2015. Apply today!
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 TESOL Press

NEW from TESOL Press: Materials Development
The final volume in the English Language Teacher Development Series, this book provides principles and approaches for adapting material to suit a variety of contexts and how teachers can work successfully with limited resources.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Contributions: Voices from the TESOL Classroom Series
TESOL Press has extended the deadline to 15 September 2015 for the call for abstracts for two volumes in this new series: Voices From the TESOL Classroom: Participant Inquiries in Young Learner Classes and Voices From the TESOL Classroom: Participant Inquiries in Online and Hybrid Classes.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Series Editor for Putting Research into Practice
TESOL Press is seeking an editor for a series that directly connects published research from TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal to classroom instruction. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Instruction and Assessment for K–12 English Learners
TESOL Press is now accepting proposals for a book (200 pages) on instruction and assessment for K-12 English learners. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

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 Language and Education Policy

Red flags on the road to ESEA rewrite
Education Week
"The pundits told us it would never happen — that Republicans and Democrats will never agree on a way to replace No Child Left Behind." So said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., just hours before the U.S. Senate did just that — passing its own version of an Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite with overwhelming bipartisan support July 16. But sending a final bill to President Barack Obama's desk — at least one that he's willing to sign — will be an entirely different challenge.
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Master language to stay competitive, says deputy minister
The Star
Malaysia: Lose English and lose the competitive edge. Newly appointed Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said in order to compete globally, Malaysia must embrace English. "While it is true that English is not the most widely spoken language in the world (that honor falls to Mandarin), no other language is used more frequently by different speakers to share their ideas with one another than English," he said when launching the Erican International English Language Teaching Conference 2015.
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 K-12 Education

Impact of Moroccan students' attitudes towards English on speaking skill — Part 2
Morrocco World News
Morrocco: Class streams can have an effect on attitudes and thus we sought having two different streams. The questionnaire consists of bi-polar adjective scale, likert scale, open-ended questions and closed-ended questions. Another questionnaire was designed for teachers. This questionnaire serves to provide insights from the perspective of teachers. It consists of bi-polar scale questions, likert scale, closed-ended questions (multiple choice questions) and open-ended questions.
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 Post-Secondary Education

Minding your English is hard, but it pays off
New Straits Times Online
Malaysia: Over the decades, many students have left schools, colleges and universities without mastering the English language. Many have confessed that their lack of proficiency in English has hindered or limited their chances in career opportunities and advancements. Unlike teachers who are often called by the Education Ministry to attend in-service courses to improve their English proficiency, school-leavers are left to fend for themselves. They may not have the time or financial means to attend private English courses. It is indeed an uphill task.
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 Adult Education

Half of EU doctors rejected from UK for poor English
Language Magazine
United Kingdom: About a year after the EU's freedom of movement rules were amended to require medical doctors to pass a language proficiency exam in order to practice medicine in an EU member state in the doctor's non-native language, a shocking 45 percent of the doctors who applied to work in the U.K. were barred after failing to prove their English-language skills.
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Technology holds promise for students with poor vocabulary skills
Education Week
In 1995, the researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley published the results of their groundbreaking study that found 4-year-olds from working-class families and families on welfare had considerably smaller vocabularies than their age-mates from professional families. This difference has been called "the 30-million-word gap." One reason their work has been so influential is that it helped quantify the challenge education systems face when children enter school with vast differences in educational readiness.
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Babies' brains show that social skills linked to second language learning (University of Washington via Medical Xpress)
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Top 5 reasons to study English as a second language
Study International News
In this modern, globalized society, knowing how to speak another language is a crucial skill to have. The big question is — which language should you study? For those who have grown up in countries where English isn't spoken, the choice is fairly obvious- knowing how to speak English can open up doors across the globe. So if you're still undecided about whether you should study English as a second language, here are our Top 5 reasons why you should.
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 In The Classroom

The fun way to learning English
The Hindu
India: Humor helps in understanding better, because humor makes you comfortable and opens your mind, making you more receptive to the concepts being taught, says international education consultant Gordon Michael Sutton. Adding fun element to teaching English, Sutton tried to help students from Classes V to X grasp the need for getting the grammar and punctuation right. Explaining the punctuation marks, he presented an excerpt from a popular book and explained how each punctuation mark made a difference to the meaning.
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